Located in the South Central area outside of Los Angeles, the Compton Cowboys is a collective of African-American friends who united to carry on the historical tradition of Black horsemanship.  Their mission, according to their website, is to “uplift their community through horseback and farming lifestyle, all the while highlighting the rich legacy of African-Americans in equine and Western heritage.”

The many powerful and diverse contributions of African-Americans in the development of the American West, post-Reconstruction, has all too often been disregarded in, or worse, omitted from, history.  While many African-Americans moved North and to the Midwest for better opportunities, still more moved West, settling in states, such as Kansas, Oklahoma and California.  In their new homelands, Blacks became active in a myriad of professions, such as blacksmiths, business owners, educators, homesteaders, miners, physicians and ranchers.  Perhaps the most often, thought-of image when considering a person who is synonymous with the West, though, is the cowboy.  

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